A PCOS Diagnosis Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Life

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Diagnosed with PCOS

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>More and more women have been shocked when their doctor provides them with a diagnosis of PCOS, short for polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you have recently learned that you have PCOS, you shouldn’t think that your world is over, that the entire course of your life has changed. It hasn’t. You also shouldn’t walk around thinking that PCOS makes you some kind of freak of nature, nothing could be further from the truth. Lots of women happen to be in the exact some situation. PCOS is actually on the rise; some doctors see it every single day. It’s estimated that approximately 1 out of every 10 women has PCOS.


PCOS Diagnosis

Do You Have PCOS?

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>Even though you might have only just now received the official PCOS diagnosis, there’s a good chance that you’ve had the PCOS for quite a while. In most cases, the condition will be developed during the teenage years. Instead of the teenage hormones and angst that your parents used to blame for your mood swings and acne, there’s a good chance that these symptoms actually indicated the presence of PCOS.

What Causes PCOS?

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>The fact that you have been told you have PCOS means that your doctor has discovered that for some reason the hormones in your body aren’t at the proper levels. Most doctors believe that this starts out with the body not producing a high enough level of estrogen, which than triggers a chain reaction and pretty soon nearly all the hormone levels are either too high or too low. One of the most devastating parts of PCOS is the high levels of testosterone. In this case your body will have a high level of the typically male sex hormone.  As a result of the incorrectly balanced androgen, you could experience:

  • <span “font-size:=”” 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:”times=”” roman””=””>Severe acne
  • <span “font-size:=”” 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:”times=”” roman””=””>The development of unwanted facial hair or body hair
  • <span “font-size:=”” 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:”times=”” roman””=””>Irregular of missing periods
  • <span “font-size:=”” 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:”times=”” roman””=””>Lack of ovulation and Infertility
  • <span “font-size:=”” 12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:”times=”” roman””=””>Weight Gain or difficulty losing weight

High Risk for Diabetes and Heart Disease

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>As irritating as the overproduction of the androgen is, that isn’t what really worries doctors. The greater concern is the fact that the PCOS makes it very difficult for the body to properly use the insulin it produces. This makes weight loss difficult, and puts you at an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Other Frustrating PCOS Symptoms

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>Small cysts develop on the ovaries when you have PCOS. These are seen as a “string of pearls” on ultrasounds and they are usually the first indication that a doctor finds to suggest a PCOS diagnosis. Oftentimes, these cysts will rupture causing extreme pain.

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>Many women who have PCOS also struggle with depression. After all, who wouldn’t be depressed by suddenly growing unwanted hair, gaining weight, and having endless acne break outs. And that’s not to mention a terrifying diagnosis that could mean infertility.

Wait… There is Some Good News

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>Your doctor might tell you that PCOS is incurable and that your only option is to take birth control pills. Don’t be quick to cave because that’s not your only option. The good news about the PCOS diagnosis is that the condition can be treated, though you will have to commit yourself to making a lifestyle change.

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>The first thing you need to do will be working out. Not only will the movement help you battle any depression issues you might be having, it will also help you lose some weight. Shedding a mere ten pounds can make a huge difference when you’re trying to regulate your hormonal levels. Many women who have been diagnosed with PCOS have discovered that by working with a dietician to come up with a PCOS meal plan goes a long way towards helping your lose weight, and also balance your body’s hormonal levels. Staying away from starches and heavy carbohydrates and gluten in particular will have the biggest impact on the way you feel. PCOS supplements can help too.

<span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:=”” “times=”” roman””=””>Once you have adjusted to the changes in your life, you will get your PCOS under control. Tell us about your PCOS diagnosis in the comments. What made you realize something was wrong? What steps are you taking to fight back and regain your health?

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